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Lantern Entertainment Closes $289 Million Acquisition of The Weinstein Co.’s Assets

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Lantern Entertainment today completed its acquisition of The Weinstein Co.’s assets, representing a fresh start for an entertainment company formed from the rubble of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct scandal. A library of 270 films, unreleased movies and a slate of scripted and unscripted television shows constitute the foundation of the newly formed studio with the ambitious stated goal of being “one of the pre-eminent homes for talent.” “Over the last several… Read

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FCC Chairman Raises “Serious Concerns” About Sinclair-Tribune Merger

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UPDATED to include background and comment: FCC chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement today raising “serious concerns” about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. At issue are Sinclair’s plans to divest some stations to meet ownership limits in a way that would allow Sinclair to retain control of them “in practice, if not in name, in violation of the law,” Pai noted. Pai said he had asked fellow commissioners to vote to send the deal… Read

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World Cup: Celebrating France Victory Cuts Across Politics And Other Differences

For one day, at least, the world managed to put aside its differences and celebrate a game beloved across the planet, honoring the two teams that made it to the final championship with thanks and gratitude. The 2018 World Cup final brought moments of drama, political protests, celebration, controversy on at least one call, and ultimately, a celebration of human spirit and national unity that is rarely achieved outside of sports. Crowds packed the lawns beneath the Eiffel… Read

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Tyler Perry Warns Fans About Internet Scams Using His Name

Actor, comedian and director Tyler Perry has made a boatload of money during his career. But a series of online posts claiming the “Madea” franchise creator is giving some of his bounty away are not true. Perry has long been plagued by the problem of scammers using false giveaways and promotions with his name and image, and has previously reached out online to warn fans about them. As far back as 2014, he posted on Facebook that “People who do this are some of the lowest… Read

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Griffith Observatory Temporarily Evacuated In Bomb Scare – Access Now Restored

The Griffith Observatory, an iconic Los Angeles landmark and a location for many classic films and television shows, was evacuated Saturday afternoon after a suspicious package was reported on the grounds. A park ranger requested Los Angeles Police Department assistance around 1 PM. The LAPD said an employee noticed the package outside on the east side of the building. LAPD told visitors and hikers on nearby trails to evacuate. Upon further investigation, the package was… Read

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President Donald Trump Talks With Piers Morgan On Queen, Putin, Twitter, Trade

President Donald Trump likes Twitter, the Royal family (particularly the Queen) and has been eating healthier. He has a secret trade deal that he advised Prime Minister Theresa May to take. And he’s not a fan of what’s been happening in Europe thanks to mass immigration All of that will be revealed during British journalist Piers Morgan's interview with Trump, which airs on ITV's Good Morning Britain tomorrow from 6 AM, and again on ITV at 10:40 PM. While none of the… Read

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Instagram Blames “Bug” For Widespread Outage

Instagram blamed a “bug” for causing a problem that rendered users around the world unable to access the photo- and video-sharing network. Users turned to Twitter to complain about being unable to access Instagram, either through the app or desktop. The outage appeared to have been widespread, touching thousands of users in North America, South America and parts of Europe, according to outage reports tracked by the site DownloadDetector. A spokesperson for the Read

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Harvey Weinstein Gang Try To Walk Back Sex For Jobs Interview; Journo Says “May” Have Gotten Quote Wrong – Update

UPDATE, 11:41 AM: In a PR face plant by a team that clearly can’t spin straight, Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer and the columnist who claimed the disgraced producer said he offered movie roles for sex now are trying desperately to put out the blaze from the damning quote. "I was present for the conversation; it was not an interview but a social meeting between old friends," Benjamin Brafman said in a statement this morning after Deadline reported on the Spectator piece… Read

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Asia Argento Defended From Bullying On Anthony Bourdain Suicide In Open Letter

An open letter signed by more than 40 people, most of them female celebrities but including male actor and abuse victim Terry Crews, has called on the public to stop blaming actress Asia Argento for the suicide of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. The letter, published Thursday by the Los Angeles Times, claimed Argento “has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for… Read

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Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Scores Vladimir Putin Interview

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will interview Russian President Vladimir Putin following next week’s summit with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland. The 30-minute interview will air Monday, July 16 on Fox News Channel, which claims it is the only interview that Putin will give to a Western journalist. “No holds barred, no subjects off limits,” Wallace said on the America’s Newsroom show. Wallace said he will ask Putin about Russian meddling in the 2016… Read

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Sacha Baron Cohen Adds Alabama Judge Roy Moore To His Showtime Spoof Victims

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Former Alabama judge Roy Moore is the latest conservative to admit they were fooled by a Sacha Baron Cohen spoof for his forthcoming Showtime series, Who Is America? Moore, a Republican who lost a controversial election in December to a Democrat rival after allegations surfaced that he initiated an encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades before, is the latest conservative victim of Baron’s new series that debuts Sunday. Former VP candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin… Read